Monthly Archives: August 2016

PAYNE PARK PLAYGROUND TEMPORARILY CLOSED AUGUST 31, 2016

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 29, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: The Payne Park playground will be temporarily closed Wednesday, August 31, through Friday, September 2, 2016 for upgrades to shade structures, inspection and general maintenance.  Families are encouraged to use the many other public playgrounds located throughout the City including Bayfront Park, located at U.S. 41 and Ringling Boulevard.  In addition to a playground, Bayfront Park also features the refreshing Steigerwalt-Jockey Children’s Fountain.

Payne Park playground is very popular and used by tens of thousands of childrenPayne Park Playground WS3 every year.  To ensure the safety of all, this temporary closure is necessary to effectively upgrade and maintain the playground.

“The Circus Playground at Payne Park is one of our signature attractions,” said Reliability Maintenance Planner Wes Byington.  “Due to vandalism, some of our shade structures have been severely damaged.  After careful engineering by contractors Apollo Sunguard and Advanced Recreational Concepts, we will be elevating both the shade sails covering the 2-5 year old area as well as over the music zone.  A crane will be brought in to erect taller anchoring posts.  We will make the most of this closure as staff will also complete various maintenance tasks and landscape improvements within the playground area.”

The circus themed playground opened in June 2012.  It is surrounded by 29 acres of urban parkland adjacent to the Sarasota Police Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, in downtown Sarasota.  Payne Park also includes a half-mile exercise trail, skateboard park and tennis courts.

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES CLOSE FOR LABOR DAY; GARBAGE COLLECTION ONE DAY LATER

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 11, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: City administration offices will be closed Monday, September 5 in observation of Labor Day.

Garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulk waste collection will be collected one day later: Labor Day-

  • Monday collection will be on Tuesday, September 6
  • Tuesday collection will be on Wednesday, September 7

Hours of operation at City of Sarasota recreational facilities will vary on the holiday:

The Regular City Commission meeting will be held one day later on Tuesday, September 6 at 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

 

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

 

LIDO BEACH PAVILION INFORMATIONAL MEETING TO BE HELD AUG. 18

 

 

For Immediate Release:   August 9, 2016
Contact:   Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com  

Sarasota, FL:   A second informational meeting regarding proposed enhancements to the Lido Beach Pavilion, 400 Ben Franklin Drive, will be held Thursday, August 18 at 5:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, 1565 First Street. The public is invited to attend.

During the meeting, Lido Beach Redevelopment Partners, LLC will give a presentation Lido Pavilionabout its response to an Invitation to Negotiate issued by the City of Sarasota. The Invitation to Negotiate was designed to attract proposals to boost the Lido Beach Pavilion as a recreation destination for residents and visitors.

Results from a community survey about the proposal, taken in March 2016, will be presented. Also, key points from the Lido Key Residents Association’s study in 2012 will be reviewed.

For more information, contact Jerry Fogle, Parks & Recreation Director: 941-365-2200 ext. 3310

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

SALES TAX HOLIDAY AT BOBBY JONES GOLF SHOP

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 4, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

Sarasota, FL: Merchandise at the Bobby Jones Golf Shop, 1000 Circus Boulevard, will be eligible for the State of Florida Sales Tax Holiday Friday, August 5 – Sunday August 7. Customers will save 7 percent in sales tax on eligible items.

Shirts, shorts, pants, hats, socks, belts, and spiked/cleated shoes are among the tax exemptTax Holiday - 2 items. (Golf gloves are not included.) All eligible clothing merchandise, $60 or less, will be tax free. Click here to view a list of tax exempt items prepared by the Florida Department of Revenue.

The Bobby Jones Golf Shop is open every day 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Bobby Jones Golf Club, owned and operated by the City of Sarasota, is a 45-hole course, which includes the British Course, the American and the Gillespie Executive. Bobby Jones is open 365 days a year. To learn more about the courses or to book a tee time, visit www.BobbyJonesGolfClub.com or call 941-365-GOLF (4653).

For more information on the sales tax holiday and eligible merchandise contact the Bobby Jones Golf Club Golf Shop: 941-954-4163.

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About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

CITY ISSUES TWO CALLS TO ARTISTS

 

 

For Immediate Release:  August 2, 2016
Contact:  Jan Thornburg, Sr. Communications Manager  941-954-2613
jan.thornburg@sarasotagov.com

 Sarasota, FL: Two Calls to Artists — one regional and one national — are underway for the creation of original artworks to be placed at two locations in downtown Sarasota as part of the City’s permanent public art collection. One location will be the recently opened State Street Garage. The other location will be a future roundabout to be constructed at N. Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue.

The Call to Artists for the State Street Garage is limited to artists who reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150-mile radius of the City of Sarasota. The projectPublic Art Locations budget for the State Street Garage cannot exceed $100,000. The deadline for submissions for this regional Call to Artists is Sunday, October 23, 2016.  For more details visit www.CallForEntry.org

The Call to Artists for the N. Palm Avenue/Cocoanut Avenue roundabout is a national Call to Artists. The project budget cannot exceed $150,000. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 31, 2016.  For more information visit www.CallForEntry.org

Specific details about both projects, including budget, the application process, and selection process are posted at www.CallForEntry.org  Artists who have successfully completed projects of similar scale and budget are encouraged to apply.

Artists are required to submit qualifications, a brief statement, and accompanying images describing an initial concept idea. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums and styles will be represented.

Images of completed works within the City’s public art collection can be reviewed at:  http://sarasotagov.org/PublicArt/index.html.

For both Calls to Artists, finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee.  The Public Art Committee will make recommendations to the City Commission, which will have final approval of the selected works of art.

Staff members with the Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which oversees the public art program, are coordinating these projects. It is anticipated that the works of art will be installed in 2017.

For more information visit the Call for Entry website:  www.CallForEntry.org or contact Clifford Smith, Senior Planner:   941-365-2200 ext. 4361.

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 About the City of Sarasota: Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles. Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com